Refreshing return to the flesh

Michael Kroes loves dancers with the ability of sculpturing their thinking bodies. Keren Levi does have the guts to ask: Can I be? Can I be with my body? Can I be through the instrument that is available to me?

In my mind Keren Levi is one of the few artists in the Netherlands concerned with what one might call “The Authenticity of the Body;” a mode of thinking that is so fundamental that it incorporates the whole of the human experience. In her aesthetic, the body is brought back to a centred state of reality involving an organic unity, making it a vehicle for either coloured or neutral communication. For instance, in “Couple Like” she engages in an intricate and moving range of alternating proximities with her performance partner Ugo Dehaes.

Their bodies sometimes propel themselves against each other violently; at other times there are moments when the barriers of skin and bone are willed into non-existence so that an organic union can be achieved. In this piece, the body is the subject as the purely physical conditions of pressure, release, balance and kinaesthetics are exercised. The inflection, the colouring of the piece, occurs in our minds as we traverse the meanings of the idea of being a “couple.” A strange transference takes place here as we watch bodies move in space while our intellect shades their every action. Each audience member has a different story to tell, yet the ...

Weiterlesen mit dem digitalen Monats-Abo

Sie sind bereits Abonnent von tanz? Loggen Sie sich hier ein
  • Alle tanz-Artikel online lesen
  • Zugang zum ePaper
  • Lesegenuss auf allen Endgeräten
  • Zugang zum Onlinearchiv von tanz

Sie können alle Vorteile des Abos
sofort nutzen

Digital-Abo testen

Tanz Mai 2007
Rubrik: Sucht das Talent, Seite 20
von Michael Kroes

Weitere Beiträge
Filiz Sizanli, Mustafa Kaplan tanzen «Graf»

In der Türkei entscheiden sich eine angehende Architektin und ein zukünftiger Elektronikingenieur für eine Karriere auf dem Tanzboden. Das sieht man. In "Graf" von ­Filiz Sizanli und Mustafa Kaplan spannt sich unter kalten Neonröhren ein Netz aus Schnüren über die Bühne. Mag sein, dass dieses Labyrinth dem mediterranen Stil der Stromversorgung entspricht. Kaplan...

"Making Video Dance"

Katarina McPherson’s new book ”Making Video Dance” goes into depth regarding use of digital video cameras and editing and is clearly aimed at dancers and choreographers. As a practical manual it is comprehensive and accessible, well organised and stuffed with tips from how to frame the dancing body, to making a story board, filming improvised movement, editing,...

Charlotta Öfverholm mit «The Last Forecast»

“Kody Zivota/the Last Forecast” by Compagnie Jus de la Vie working in the Czech Republic who share a background at the British company DV8. “Kody Zivota” is Czech for human codes, and “the Last Forecast” quotes a poem by Harold Pinter. A mildly provocative piece, it calls into question boundaries of both a personal and a political nature. 

In keeping with its...